STOP the Senate health ‘care’ bill

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The Senate GOP health “care” (actually health destroying) bill suffers from insufficient input from medical professionals, mental health professionals, patient advocates or other groups with deep expertise in public health and medicine. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, this bill will mean that 22 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026

You don’t have to be a mental health professional to know the GOP’s heartless, mindless Senate and House bills pose serious threats to the health and well-being of all Americans. Read what scientists, doctors, and researchers have to say about this bill here.

Take action to stop this governance travesty:

  • Find and attend a town hall
  • Call your Senator (Senate switchboard number:  202-224-3121)
  • Tag your Senators in a tweet about the bill (list of accounts via C-SPAN)
  • Be knowledgable by reading these sources of information:
  1. American Public Health Association Talking Points
  2. American Medical Association resources and shareable graphics
  3. Statement from a coalition of patient groups (including the American Heart and Lung Associations) opposing the Senate bill
  4. Action Kit from FamiliesUSA

Building Psychosocial Resilience for Climate Disruption

On June 12, 2017 the International Transformational Resilience Coalition and American Public Health Alliance hosted a workshop on Psychosocial Resilience for Climate Change. Watch the presentations given by Bob Doppelt, MS, MS, Coordinator, International Transformational Resilience Coalition and Lise Van Susteren, MD, Forensic Psychiatrist.

While public health programs focus on providing short-term assistance during and after major climate events, the public also needs long-term strategies to cope with the strain that rising, ongoing climate change has on mental health and psychosocial well-being.  are proud to host this workshop, which will illustrate how public health professionals can help build widespread resilience for the traumas and toxic stresses of climate change.

 

 

Clair Brown’s Vision of Buddhist Economics

Clair Brown, an economist at UC Berkeley and a practicing Buddhist, has developed a holistic economic approach, where the economy delivers a high quality of life in a sustainable world. Buddhist economics integrates sustainability, equity, and compassion. While teaching her sophomore seminar at UC Berkeley, Professor Brown learned, “You don’t have to be a Buddhist to embrace a Buddhist approach to economics. You need only share the Dalai Lama’s belief that human nature is gentle and compassionate and embrace the idea that economics can be a force for good, one that goes beyond self-centered materialism.” Clair is one of the most humble, loving people I have ever met. Her new book, Buddhist Economics is a treasure.

Powerful “Stand Against Suffering” Statement Released

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Lion’s Roar has posted a powerful statement by thirteen leading Buddhist teachers, and 100 additional signatories, calling on Buddhists and all people of faith to take a stand against Trump Administration policies that will create suffering for the most vulnerable in American society. Read the statement here: https://www.lionsroar.com/stand-against-suffering/

Dharma talk on Fearlessness

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Fearlessness and intrepidity (the strength to carry on in spite of danger) feature quite prominently in Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist psychology. In fact, fearlessness is an oft-mentioned result of mental clarity, emotional equanimity and wakeful, embodied awareness. This talk fleshes out a few prominent teachings on intrepidity and how to apply them in daily life. Free download links to hear this talk are below.

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